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Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Deep in the heart of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, this distinctive collection of timber lodges blend beautifully into their surroundings. The sympathetically designed lodges - half sitting treehouse-style on the hillside, the others on stilts looking out over the river - immerse you in the beauty of the reserve, with walls of glass bringing the greenery of the wild jungle into your room. The upmarket treehouse effect isn’t luxury by the usual definitions, but offers the kind of experience that brings you closer to Borneo in a way that few traditional resorts can.

Out in the reserve, the trees are home to wild orang-utan, numerous other primates, and literally thousands of bird, reptile, insect, plant and tree species. A stay here offers full immersion in one of the planet’s most extraordinary habitats. Add waterfalls, mud-volcanoes, trekking, specialised bird-watching, dawn drives and night walks into the equation, and Tabin offers a truly outstanding addition to any Borneo trip.

Location

In the Tabin Wildlife Reserve - a wide area of protected rainforest in Sabah - with a walkway weaving through the trees, this resort is ideally placed for discovering Borneo’s legendary flora and fauna.

A little more detail

  • Timber boardwalk

  • Direct access to the Tabin Reserve

  • Wildlife watching & jungle trekking

  • Night safaris

From a client…

Make time after breakfast for a waterside walk. There's an easy loop from the lodge, with outstanding bird-watching opportunities

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Cafe at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Cafe at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Cabin in the jungle at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Cabin in the jungle
Wooden cabin with twin beds at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Twin bed wooden cabin
Cabins at night at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Cabins at night
Bridge over the river at Tabin Wildlife Resort
Bridge over the river

Why we love it

Discover what to expect from staying at Tabin Wildlife Resort

Rainforest immersion

One of the biggest draws of a visit to Borneo is the chance to be surrounded by its unique rainforest landscape and catch glimpses of the creatures that call it home. One of the very best ways to get the full rainforest experience is to spend a few nights here, deep within the jungle, away from fast-paced cities, just listening, absorbing and breathing in the rainforest’s unique habitat. Even though it’s not uber luxury, after a couple of days here it’s hard to drag yourself back to urban life…

Jungle boardwalk at night at Tabin Wildlife Resort

What can you do there?

Head out on jungle treks looking out for wildlife by listening for their calls and tracking footprints, then return to the jungle on a night safari to see how the landscape changes after dark. Visit a nearby mud volcano and salt lick, where an array of animals and birds congregate, then take a refreshing dip in a stunning double waterfall. Return to the resort for delicious local cuisine, time to watch the jungle from your balcony, and maybe a relaxing herbal foot soak.

Group spotting elephants in truck

Conservation in Focus

Tabin is one of Malaysia’s largest nature reserves, and at the forefront of Borneo’s conservation initiatives, which are reflected throughout the resort. Guest numbers and group sizes are kept small to minimise environmental impact, composting and recycling are paramount, and much of the fruit and vegetables used are grown on site. The resort runs a tree planting programme and works closely with NGOs and government agencies to help protect the reserve through environmental management, research and advocacy. They employ local guides and promote local businesses to help ensure a thriving and sustainable local economy.

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